FLORENCE — Santa Maria Novella & Surrounds

This is the area you will first see if you arrive in Florence by train as the Santa Maria Novella train station is Florence’s main station and its arrival and departure centre. The areas covered in this section stretch to the Viale Fratelli Rosselli in the north, the Arno river in the south, Le Cascine in the west and The Via de’Tornabuoni in the east.

The sights to visit in this area are:
Basilica di Santa Maria Novella
Museo di Storia della Fotografia Fratelli Alinari
Museo Salavatore Ferragamo

Basilica di Santa Maria Novella

Basilica di Santa Maria Novella
You will most probably see this church as you come out of the Santa Maria Novella train station. It is one of Florence’s most important churches being the Dominican headquarters and the temporary home of visiting popes. The highlight of a visit to this church would have to be its frescos especially Masaccio’s Trinita the first painting ever to use perfect linear mathematical perspective, as well as others by Filippino Lippi and Domenico Ghirlandaio. Another highlight is at the centre of the nave where you will find the restored Giotto’s Crucifix hanging from the ceiling. This was the first church in Florence to charge admission.

Museo di Storia della Fotografia Fratelli Alinari
If you love photography this is the museum for you. It was the first national institution dedicated exclusively to exhibiting photography. It keeps around 350,000 vintage prints, including those printed with albumen, bromide, on salted paper, calotypes, ambertypes and stereoscope. You will find collections of Malandrini, Palazzoni, Zannier, Gabba as well as copies of photographs of the greatest photographers of the 19th century including Alinari, Primoli, Peretti Griva and foreigners like MacPherson, Fenton and Von Gloeden. There are also many cameras, lenses and other objects from the history of photography including an impressive collection of both foreign and Italian photographic albums. The museum organises temporary exhibitions, normally in collaboration with the Alinari archives.
For further information visit the website at: http://www.alinari.it/default_en.asp

Museo Salvatore Ferragamo
This is a museum for shoe lovers as there are classic shoes from Ferragamo on display including many worn by royalty and film stars.
For more information visit the website: http://www.salvatoreferragamo.it/row/#folderId=/row/themuseum